Archive for February, 2012
There are several things that may impact the world of web design, at least for the common user and independent blogger. With the House and Senate actively pursing SOPA or the Stop Online Piracy Act, it is possible that legislation maybe passed that could put millions of users in violation of copyright infringement. The bill along with a sister bill called the Protect IP Act could make even the use of music in a YouTube video for your family event criminal. SOPA would allow for websites that are deemed in violation of copyright laws to be shutdown by the government, also it could make some copyright violation in repetition punishable by prison time. It also would allow the government the ability to censor websites on the search engines and empower the Justice department with international server authorization powers. The implications have major companies including Modzilla, Tumblr, Firefox, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo and Zynga working together at least for now, they hope to collectively be able to usher support and stop the legislation before it causes damage to the entire online community. YouTube currently faces the biggest hit from the pending legislation, along with Google and Facebook.